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Thank you, Rita Letendre

September 12th, 2017

Rita Letendre. Aforim, 1975. Acrylic on canvas, 137.2 x 198.1 cm. Art Gallery of Ontario. Anonymous Gift, 1975. © 2017 Rita Letendre.

With her large canvases bursting with colour, Rita Letendre: Fire & Light has inspired many of our visitors – and after spending only a few minutes inside the exhibition, it’s easy to see why. Her work seeks to express the full energy of life, which explodes out of this career survey of the inimitable artist. Curated by Wanda Nanibush, Assistant Curator, Canadian and Indigenous Art, and Georgiana Uhlyarik, Curator of Canadian Art, the exhibition contains 30 large-scale paintings that were chosen with great care for Letendre’s first full retrospective in Toronto, which closes on September 17.

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Ai Weiwei is coming

September 12th, 2017

Photo credit: Ai Weiwei Studio

Flash back to this time four years ago, when the AGO was in full swing with Ai Weiwei: According to What? The exhibition, which showcased the photographs, sculpture, installation art and audio/video pieces of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, had captured the imagination of our visitors, making it one of the hottest tickets in town. Ai Weiwei’s exploration of issues surrounding freedom of expression, individual and human rights and the power of digital communications was timely and compelling, and the exhibition welcomed over 145,000 visitors.

At the time, Ai Weiwei was under domestic arrest and heavy surveillance in Beijing as a result of his activism and provocative artwork that openly raised questions about the transparency and accountability of the Chinese government. His passport had been seized, making international travel impossible.

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Healing on the field and in the Gallery

September 5th, 2017

Image courtesy www.invictusgames2017.com

In just under a month, the third international Invictus Games will take place in Toronto. From September 23 to 30, more than 550 ill, injured and wounded service people from 17 countries will compete in 12 adaptive sports in the only international event of its kind. The Invictus Games model uses sport to support rehabilitation, helping soldiers and veterans recover from mental or physical trauma. It’s also a way to show recognition and thanks to those who have served their countries.

Important healing happens inside the Gallery, too.  Did you know that creativity is proven to support emotional well-being, memory and social interactions that help combat depression and post-traumatic stress? The AGO has established programs that promote accessibility, tailoring Gallery experiences to specific groups. Read the rest of this entry »

An art enthusiast’s guide to TIFF 2017

September 5th, 2017

BOOM FOR REAL. Image Courtesy of TIFF.

It’s that time of year again: it seems like everyone in Toronto is gearing up for the annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). We are thrilled once again to partner with TIFF and host some of the best filmmakers from around the world in our very own Jackman Hall.

To help you navigate an impressively large lineup of film choices, we’ve done some research and rounded up the films that explore themes of art, culture and creativity. From documentaries that explore the creative mind and the lives of great artists to films about finding inspiration and escaping reality through art, we have found something for every art-lover. Read the rest of this entry »

Buy a sculpture, buy a snowmobile

September 5th, 2017

Artist Lachaolasie Akesuk at the opening of Every.Now.Then: Reframing Nationhood.

Have you ever wandered through an AGO exhibition and wondered what it would be like to have one of the artworks on display in your own home? A special opportunity exists right now for you to do just that, and with a very meaningful reason behind it.

As part of the AGO’s exhibition Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood, the AGO is inviting visitors to help complete the artwork Future Snowmachines in Kinngait by purchasing one of a limited edition of aluminum snowmobile sculptures made in collaboration by Canadian artist collective PA System, Embassy of Imagination and Kinngait Youth (Cape Dorset, NU). Read the rest of this entry »

Meet the master of monsters

September 5th, 2017

The cover of the catalogue for Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters. Illustrations by Guy Davis © 2016.

If there’s one thing filmmaker Guillermo del Toro knows, it’s what it’s like to be a fan. The exhibition Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters, opening at the AGO on September 30, is born out of his own fandom for all things horror, sci-fi and Victorian gothic – and the amazingly detailed collection of objects he has amassed throughout his life.

We also know del Toro has his fair share of fans here in Toronto – that’s why we’re giving Torontonians the chance to meet this master of monsters face-to-face with a book signing of the exhibition catalogue or other del Toro-themed items on Wednesday, September 27 from 4 pm to 9 pm. You are going to love the catalogue, a gorgeous 144-page deep dive into the works showcased in the exhibition, del Toro’s artistic career, and the decades of work that inspire him, full of illustrations, images and essays. It was edited by Britt Salvesen, Matthew Welch and the AGO’s own Jim Shedden, with contributions by Guillermo del Toro, Keith McDonald, Roger Clark and Paul Koudounaris. Remember to keep your receipt! Read the rest of this entry »